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Students protest over non-payment of lecturers’ salaries

16 October 2012, 09:04

Ogun - Students of Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu,  Ogun, on Monday, staged a peaceful protest over the non-payment of 18 months salaries and allowances of their lecturers by the state government.

The students, who prevented staff of the institution from reporting for work, said the non-payment of the lecturers’ salaries was having negative effects on their academic pursuits.

They made bonfires at the entrance of the institution and sang around the area.

The students said their three-year academic programmes had extended to five years as a result of frequent strikes by their lecturers.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the students last week, gave the government a 72- hour ultimatum to pay the lecturers.

Mr Williams Olajide said, on behalf of the students, that incessant strikes by the lecturers threatened their aspiration to further their education.

``We want to appeal to the state government to pay our lecturers to avoid incessant strikes affecting our career.

``We are tired of sitting at home and we want government to do something urgent about this,’’ he said.

Also, Miss Zainab Oloworibiyi said the students had not been receiving lectures for sometime because of the strike by the lecturers.

``We want to appeal to the state government to have mercy on us and pay our lecturers,” she pleaded.

The lecturers few weeks ago protested in the streets over the non-payment of their 18 months salaries.



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